meet the Team

Exercise Physiology
Massage Therapy
Visiting Professionals

Carolina Valente

Carolina Valente is our very talented Massage Therapist at our Camp Hill clinic. Carolina moved from Brazil to Australia in 2015 to learn English and explore our beautiful country. Having originally trained as a Physiotherapist in Brazil, Carolina subsequently completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage in Australia in 2018.

Carolina has a passion for helping people. She loves seeing positive results in clients, such as increased ability to perform daily tasks and improved quality of life.

Melissa Webb

Melissa is a passionate and motivated physiotherapist who continues to fine tune her skills (learning never stops!). Melissa thoroughly enjoys treating all general musculoskeletal conditions and injuries as well as conducting Pilates and group exercise classes. Melissa has a special interest in treating athletes and sporting injuries having worked as a Sports Trainer at various local AFL and Football Clubs in Melbourne.

Melissa also works at the Gold Coast Private Hospital in the orthopaedics ward, assisting patients recovering from spinal surgery. Melissa can help get you back on your feet and provide continuation of care both in hospital and following discharge.

Melissa graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (with Distinction) and from Griffith University with a Masters of Physiotherapy.

Jesse Buntine

Jesse graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2011. He has worked extensively with both Men’s and Women’s Queensland State Hockey Teams and the Queensland Academy of Sport’s Elite Hockey Program since 2012. He has also worked with Villanova College’s first XV rugby team from 2012-2017. Jesse has completed Dry Needling, Level 1 Sports Physiotherapy (APA), and ASCA Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists (Level 1) professional development courses.

Jesse has interests in treating lower limb, hip, and groin injuries. He also enjoys expanding his knowledge in the field of strength and conditioning and feels it plays a large role not only in the performance of the athlete, but also in their injury resilience. He enjoys playing basketball in his own time, and dedicates a lot of time to strength and conditioning and injury prevention, not only to keep himself on the court, but to also learn and expand his knowledge and experiences as a physiotherapist.

Jesse consults at Camp Hill Physiotherapy & Exercise Centre.

Alex White

Alex graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. His ability to actively listen to client’s concerns and injuries allows him to develop a client-centred rehabilitation management plan specifically tailored and individualised to each client.

Alex keeps the rehabilitation goals of each client at the forefront of his practice, and understands the importance of functional and pain-free movement in athletic and non-athletic populations. With over fourteen years’ baseball experience, Alex has first-hand experience with a variety of musculoskeletal injuries giving him a greater understanding of the physical and psychological processes of the presenting injuries of his clients.

Alex consults at Camp Hill Physiotherapy & Exercise Centre.

Nick Wilson

Nick graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours: Class I). He is a lover of all sports with particular interest and passion for football and Cricket. Nick has been fortunate enough to travel overseas with sport, playing and visiting the UK and New Zealand with football, and South Africa and Sri Lanka with cricket. He has provided Physiotherapy for a variety of sporting events including cycling, hockey and for various Brisbane football clubs and the Barcelona academy. Nick has had experience at the Gold Coast University Hospital, PA Hospital and in the community with Blue Care.

Nick is passionate about all forms of exercise and is committed in motivating and helping people be the best version of themselves. In his downtime Nick enjoys spending time in the outdoors going hiking and swimming at the beach.

Nick consults at Camp Hill Physiotherapy & Exercise Centre.

Peter Coull

Peter learned to appreciate the power the human body has to recover, its ability to come back stronger following his own sporting injuries. This firsthand experience set him on a path to help empower others to gain control of their health problems and injuries in order to do the things they love and lead a fulfilling life. Peter graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Masters of Physiotherapy which he started following his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Wollongong. During this time he had the pleasure to work with a variety of Aussie Rules, Rugby Union and Soccer teams in and around Sydney.

Peter’s strong passion for cycling has seen him previously work within the fitness industry providing workouts and training plans for road cyclists across a range of abilities. His passion for cycling has crossed over to physiotherapy and he has a keen interest in treating and setting up cyclists and their bikes to get the best out of their riding.

If Peter is not riding during his time off, he’ll likely be spending time with his family and friends exploring Brisbane and its coastlines after relocating from Sydney in 2019.

Peter consults at Camp Hill Physiotherapy & Exercise Centre.

Scott Fawcett

Scott has a double degree in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, has previously worked as Senior Physiotherapist to the Chinese National Swimming team, and has a wealth of experience from owning and working in private practice.

Scott’s initial interest in physiotherapy stemmed from a competitive swimming background. Training and competing at a national level allowed him to understand the need for science in sport and the role a physiotherapist plays in the life of an athlete. Scott has a specific interest in treating shoulder injuries, headaches and neck pain but all in all he loves what he does and takes great pleasure out of helping others achieve their health goals.

Levin Poropat

Levin Poropat is an Exercise Physiologist who graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Exercise Sports Science at the Queensland University of Technology. During his study, Levin developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal conditions as well as the psychological aspects of rehabilitation.

Following his graduation, Levin has regularly worked as an Exercise Physiologist. Levin has also worked as a high-performance track and field coach for the past 5 years and has had great success with an athlete achieving a Paralympic world record in Javelin.

Ameerun Nisha

Ameerun Nisha completed her Masters of Physiotherapy Studies from The University of Queensland in 2018. Prior to this, she worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for two years helping patients improve their quality of life.

Ameerun has a strong passion in musculoskeletal injuries, which stems from her younger years of being very active and heavily involved in sports. She brings her experience in managing sports injuries with her wealth of knowledge in both exercise physiology and physiotherapy to each individual patient she treats.

She continues to help patients achieve their tailored goals through manual therapy and exercise prescription.

Sian Cook

Sian graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Masters of Physiotherapy in 2013. Sian has since worked both on the Gold Coast and South Brisbane region in a private practice setting for the last 7 years. Sian has also been involved with numerous local sporting teams and was the Head Physiotherapist for Bond University Bull Sharks Netball (2019). Sian enjoys treating lumbar spine pathologies and lower limb injuries.

On a personal level, Sian has a strong sporting background including participation in representative netball and competitive Irish Dancing. Sian understands and encourages the importance of proactive physical management in the treatment of both sporting and occupational related issues and strives to offer her clients the most up to date treatment and information.

Sian is certified in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling and qualified APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1 & 2. Sian enjoys developing home exercise programs and teaching clinical Pilates to provide individualised programs for rehabilitation, ongoing maintenance and/or performance enhancement.

Ellen Jang

Ellen is a passionate physiotherapist who provides an integrated approach to treatment, assessing your overall health, injury/condition and potential outcomes to arrive at an optimal treatment plan. With a holistic and evidence-based treatment approach, Ellen has a particular interest in using clinical Pilates and hydrotherapy to help reduce your pain, improve your overall strength and wellbeing, and reduce the chance of reinjury.

Ellen has experience in treating general musculoskeletal conditions, with an ongoing interest in post-operative rehabilitation as well as clinical Pilates classes.

Ellen graduated in 2019 and holds a Bachelors in Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Edward Francis

Edward enjoys helping clients achieve their goals and working with them to improve their strength, balance and overall well-being. His treatment and management addresses deficiencies, aims to prevent injury and optimise function, using evidence based approaches and techniques. Edward’s balanced and individualised approach will provide you with the confidence to return to what you enjoy.

Edward has experience treating general musculoskeletal conditions, with an ongoing interest in the treatment of sporting injuries after having worked with various school and amateur Touch and Rugby Union sporting teams in Northern Queensland.

Edward graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2019.

Raimee Hillier

An advocate for women’s health, Raimee has completed postgraduate training in pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, bladder/bowel concerns, sexual health, and pre- and post-natal care. Raimee also has experience diagnosing and treating generalised musculoskeletal conditions, including lower back, neck, shoulder, and knee injuries, as well as osteoporosis.

Raimee is devoted to helping her clients stay active throughout all life stages and assisting them to get back to their favourite activities and exercise in a safe and supportive manner. Utilising a client-centred based approach, Raimee ensures all patients feel supported throughout their journey, whilst also equipping them with the knowledge and skills to take control of their rehabilitation.

Raimee graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2019, and has gone on to complete several research papers on knee pain.

Tamasyn Carman

Tamasyn has a competitive sporting background and has keen interest in helping injured athletes get back to their sporting best. She currently plays cricket for Gold Coast Dolphins. Her special interest areas include shoulder and knee injuries. She has worked with a wide variety of patients including post-surgical patients, elite athletes, industry workers, and chronic-pain patients.

Tamasyn graduated in 2019 with a Master of Physiotherapy Degree and a Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree from Griffith University.

Jessica McDonald

Jessica is a Titled Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a special interest in treating shoulder injuries, publishing a paper on “the effectiveness of treatment options for rotator cuff pathology.” Her other areas of interest include treating neck and lower back pain, as well as post operative management and rehabilitation. Jessica has a passion for treating sporting injuries and has worked with elite athletes both domestically and internationally including basketball, soccer, AFL, rugby, cricket and was the physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Kayaking Team in preparation for Tokyo, 2020.

Jessica is qualified in advanced acupuncture and dry needling for all injury types. This can be particularly effective for managing migraines, headaches and jaw pain, as well as calming the neural system for patients who suffer from chronic pain. As a senior Physiotherapist, Jess is confident in treating complex presentations by providing symptom relief, while also addressing the underlying pathology.

Dr Asa Kenworthy

Dr. Asa Kenworthy is a Clinical Psychologist with excess of 20 years clinical experience working in both public and private practice settings. Asa has presented at international conferences and has been a regular guest lecturer in team/group processes at Griffith and Bond University.

Dr Graham Rice

Dr Graham Rice is a Consultant Pain Specialist, Psychiatrist and Anaesthetist, and has presented at many national and international conferences with his ‘pathways’ method of managing persistent pain. Dr Rice has over forty years of medical experience in the field of pain medicine, pain psychiatry and the management of co-morbidities.

Joe Roberts

Joe is a physiotherapist that has worked across the public health network prior to transitioning to private practice.  His clinical interests are varied, from acute injury management through to chronic pain. Joe has a special interest in sports injuries, chronic pain and exercise prescription. Joe utilises manual therapy, dry needling, education and exercise (including clinical pilates) within his physiotherapy treatments.

Joe has also completed his post graduate diploma of Veterinary Physiotherapy and is currently undertaking his masters through Liverpool University, allowing him to treat our animal friends as well!

Joe graduated in 2004 from the University of Melbourne.

Steven Wynia

Steven is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in private practice, having worked in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. Steven treats all general injuries and is specialised in treating acute or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis of the neck, thoracic or lower spine. Steven provides hands on treatment consisting of soft tissue release, mobilisation and home exercises.

Steven graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Patrick Green

Patrick is a physiotherapist with a clinical focus in musculoskeletal private practice which has allowed him to gain extensive experience with a wide variety of patients and conditions including elite level athletes, professional dancers, industry and office workers, children and the elderly. His special interest areas include persistent and recurring pain, injuries to the shoulders and knees, as well as headache and migraine treatments.

Patrick graduated in 2013 and holds a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania.

Jon O’Dwyer

Jon is an Exercise Physiologist with over 10 years experience working in rehabilitation, athletic and normal population settings. Jon is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a Tactical Strength & Conditioning Coach (TSASCA) . Jon is an integral member of Core’s injury rehabilitation team with a highly successful track record of creating and delivering effective exercise interventions for post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, chronic disease management and industrial strengthening & work hardening for injured workers. He has rehabilitated workers from a wide variety of industrial and military occupations, ensuring their ability to confidently return to physically demanding roles. Jon also has considerable experience as an athletic strength and conditioning coach working with elite adolescent and young adult athletes; using proven testing protocols, strength and speed & agility programs to gain the performance outcomes they need to succeed at the highest of sporting competitions.

Jon graduated in 2005 and holds a combined bachelor of Human Movements (BAppliSci (HMS)) and Business Management (BBusMgmt) from QUT.

Ashlea De’Cent

Ashlea is a physiotherapist with a keen interest in paediatrics, musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. She has a passion for helping people get back to being pain free and doing what they love to do. She also enjoys working with children, helping them to stay fit and healthy and achieve their motor milestones as they age.

Ashlea can perform a range of treatment techniques individually tailored to your needs. These may include exercise prescription, manual therapy (massage, dry needling, trigger pointing, mobilisations), strapping, clinical Pilates, hydrotherapy and injury education.

She is a strong believer in holistic treatment and will support you through your journey, progressing you from hands on treatment to return of function.

Thomas Cyprien

Thomas is a Physiotherapist with a key interest in sports injuries and all musculoskeletal conditions including pre and post op rehabilitation. Thomas is an integral part of our mobile rehabilitation team with both hydrotherapy and gym based rehabilitation becoming a key part of his clinical work.

Thomas graduated in 2018 having completed a dual degree in exercise science and physiotherapy at Griffith University.

Johnny Tawhara

Johnny is a physiotherapist with extensive knowledge of sporting injuries, chronic pain, exercise prescription and work related injuries. He has applied his interest in Sports Physiotherapy, not just clinically, but also outside the clinic, with many years involvement as physio to sporting teams such as the Coomera Crushers Rugby Union team and elite athletes such as the national champions in Mixed Martial Arts. Johnny is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, whether it be as an elite athlete, weekend warrior or the non-athletically inclined!

Johnny graduated in 2011 from The University of Otago. He then obtained a Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2015 and a Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 2017. In 2019 Johnny completed a postgraduate Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

Ray Koppe

Ray graduated from the University of Queensland and spent three years as Head Physiotherapist at the Bundaberg General Hospital. Ray previously owned private practices in Bundaberg and Noosa, working across all areas of physiotherapy including antenatal and women’s health, spinal mobilisation, postoperative care and pain relief. Ray has studied in and practices a combination of Maitland, McKenzie and Mulligan style treatments. Ray has completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Sports Medicine whilst working with AFL teams in Noosa and running an after-hours drop in clinic for sports injuries.

Ray is also as a highly qualified Acupuncturist. He has studied in China and New Zealand and holds acupuncture qualifications from Queensland, NSW and RMIT Melbourne.

Over the many years of general practice including his years at Banyo Physiotherapy, Ray has gained an increasing interest in aged care and pain control,  with an emphasis on treating preventatively and maintaining mobility.

Jeremy Putman

Jeremy is a physiotherapist with a love of sport and fitness that developed into a focus of helping people return to activity as quickly as possible. He incorporates resistance-based exercise into the management and rehabilitation of injuries. Jeremy likes to use clinical pilates and manual techniques in his treatments and addresses patient care with a holistic approach. Other key interests are chronic pain, headaches, low back pain and pre and post-operative spinal surgery management.

Jeremy graduated in 2017 and holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Bond University. He also has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) from the University of Sydney.


Valentine Akem

Valentine is a physiotherapist who initially worked within private practice in North Queensland and was the head Physiotherapist for local rugby league and AFL clubs. He then completed a two year period working in the United Kingdom within the private and public sector. Val gained invaluable experience treating and developing management plans for injuries of varying complexity. He uses an active based rehabilitation approach in conjunction with manual therapy techniques to help clients get back on top of things.

His clinical interest areas include neck and back pain, workplace injury rehab and sporting injuries – particularly lower limb and tendon pain.

Valentine graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University.

Matt Roser

Matt is a physiotherapist with over 15 years experience and is a credentialed therapist in the renowned Mckenzie method.

Matt has provided refined clinical expertise and treatment methods across a diverse range of settings, providing an individualised and hands-on approach to the New Zealand Defence Force, onsite occupational work sites and working with both international and professional sporting teams. His special interests include treating spinal and sporting injuries, chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries, ergonomics, functional rehabilitation programs and vocational/occupational rehabilitation management.

Matt graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, completing his Post-Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation at the Auckland University of Technology in 2015.

Nick Dodemont

Nick is a physiotherapist with a strong sporting background having previously worked as a physiotherapist to the Brisbane Roar FC (Youth Development).

Prior to joining Core in early 2014, Nick worked extensively in the field of occupational physiotherapy within the construction industry, as the head physiotherapist on the largest construction site in Australia (and one of the largest in the world). His special interests include sports rehabilitation and occupational rehabilitation. Able to treat all areas, Nick has a keen interest in the neck, lower back and knees, and rehabilitation from initial onset through to higher level gym programs and return to sport and work.

Nick graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland.

Read Nick’s latest blog on Posture and Headaches here!

Drew Singleton

Drew Singleton is an APA Titled Pain Physiotherapist and Occupational Rehabilitation provider with 20 years clinical experience in private practice.  His role as Clinical Coordinator focuses on steering Core’s interdisciplinary team towards best-practice management of patients presenting with complex musculoskeletal injuries, and persistent pain presentations. 

His passion lies in the initial assessment and understanding of various factors which contribute to his patients’ complex pain presentations, before goal setting and integrating with his team at Core for exceptional patient outcomes. 

Drew has completed a Postgraduate Masters of Medicine (Pain Management) from Sydney University, is an active member of several Australian Pain Rehabilitation Organisations, and holds guest lecturer/leadership roles at various professional organisations across Queensland.

Expertise in:
Pre and Post Operative Spinal Rehabilitation
Acute and Chronic Back and Neck pain
Complex Injury Management Services
Coordination of Persistent Pain Management and Specialist Spinal Injury Triage Clinics
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based

Joel McPhee

Joel completed a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) double majoring in Sport Science and Exercise Prescription; and a double degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. He also has a Masters in Physiotherapy (MPhtySt) from the University of Queensland and is an Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Joel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, having worked in both private and occupational rehabilitation. Clinically, Joel has extensive experience in workplace injury assessment and treatment as well as rehabilitation of all injuries and conditions including sports, spinal, shoulder and lower limb, persistent pain and functional rehabilitation (hydrotherapy and gym based exercise programs).  He also oversees our Core Sports Physiotherapy program and is heavily involved in the mentoring of our clinical staff.

Expertise in:
Sports Injury Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
Persistent Pain and Complex Work Injury Management Services
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based

Greg Stewart

Greg Stewart is a Senior Physiotherapist and Injury Management Advisor with Core, who brings over 10 years’ experience in clinical private practice in musculoskeletal, persistent pain and neurological rehabilitation. Greg also holds a degree in Biomedical Science previously working in both a hospital and research setting in cardiac sciences.

Greg specialises in the evaluation and treatment of spinal, shoulder and lower limb including pre and post operative rehabilitation protocol prescription (inclusive of hydro and gym based exercise programs) as well as persistent pain and complex injury management.

Greg is involved with several industries and organisations in providing early intervention triage and treatment for work related injuries including exercise prescription and advice regarding body mechanics, movement precautions and work restrictions. He has worked closely with many occupational physicians performing pre-employment and functional capacity assessments along with injury management and return to work planning.

Greg’s role as a partner with Core Healthcare enables him to assist in driving the partnerships with specialist and local and larger businesses to provide premium services in physiotherapy to the Northern and Southern Gold Coast Regions. This includes both clinical treatment and offsite rehabilitation for Workcover QLD and NSW, SIRA, Sonic Healthcare, Suncorp and Allianz.


Expertise in:
Post Operative Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation – Spinal, Shoulder and Lower Limb
Persistent Pain and Complex Injury Management Services
Involvement in Persistent Pain Management and Complex Spinal Injury Triage Clinics/Programs
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based exercise including biomechanical assessment and rehabilitation

About Core Physiotherapy & Exercise Centres

Founded in 2002, Core Physiotherapy & Exercise Centres is a physiotherapy-lead allied health company committed to providing clients with comprehensive assessment and treatment programs in a warm and friendly environment. With multiple clinics across Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast, our services include musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy, back and neck rehabilitation, paediatric physiotherapy, exercise physiology, psychology, clinical pilates and hydrotherapy.


Multiple locations across Brisbane,Logan and the Gold Coast


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